This Professional House Cleaner Scrubs 31 Houses a Week — Here’s What’s in His Cleaning Caddy

updated Nov 11, 2021
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Time to upgrade your cleaning supplies? There’s no one better to turn to than the folks who scrub down other people’s homes for a living. Peek into a pro cleaner’s caddy, and you’ll find products that do their jobs safely and effectively. But that’s not all: Because they often have multiple homes to tackle in a day, you can count on professional house cleaners to choose tools and solutions that work efficiently, too. 

Feeling super nosy, we asked Austin Miller, founder of the Seattle-based house cleaning company Spruse Clean, to tell us what he keeps in his cleaning caddy. Here are his go-to products for every customer’s home.

1. Sprayway Glass Cleaner

Whether he’s cleaning mirrors or windows, Miller’s a huge fan of Sprayway glass cleaner for a streak-free finish. “This stuff is about as good as gold,” he says. “Lightly spray any glass surface and thoroughly wash and dry with microfiber towels.” Pro tip: If you have any chrome fixtures or finishes, Miller says you can use Sprayway to safely polish it. Versatility for the win!

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2. An All-Purpose Cleaner 

Speaking of versatility, every cleaning caddy needs a reliable all-purpose cleaner. Miller wanted one he could trust on every surface he cleaned, so he actually formulated his own! You can’t buy it, sadly, but we’ve rounded up some of the best all-purpose cleaners you can buy elsewhere.

3. Soft Scrub

Cleaning can be taxing; Soft Scrub can help. Whether you’re cleaning a calcium-encrusted bathtub or a stovetop with leftovers cooked on, Miller says Soft Scrub will safely remove it all with a mineral grit. If you’re a fan of bleach, the brand also makes a bleach version with scrubbing grit and disinfecting power. 

4. Public Goods Surface Cleaner

There’s one job Miller really likes this Public Goods Surface Cleaner for: cleaning greasy cabinet doors. “A lot of cabinets have a very thin finish that can often be greasy and left streaky,” he says. “This product cleans just fine, but one thing sets it apart from the rest: its ability to remove residue and film from cabinet doors.”

5. Magic Erasers

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers (aka melamine foam) may be one of the most commonly known products in the cleaning industry; however, Miller says a lot of people don’t use them to their full potential. “Yes, they remove marks, but have you ever taken one to your staircase hand railing? If not, get ready for an uncomfortably pleasant before and after experiment.”

6. CLR

Have a glass shower door that’s become, uh, opaque over time? Miller swears by CLR to solve that common problem. Because this product is more harsh than the others in his caddy, he recommends wearing a mask and gloves. Once you don your PPE, spray the CLR lightly on the affected surface, let it sit for one to two minutes, then with consistent pressure, use a microfiber towel to remove the calcium buildup. Good as new!

7. Bona Hard Floor Cleaner

“Floors are a very sensitive subject for most of our clients, so having a virtually safe product for all floors alike is always a breath of fresh air in this industry,” says Miller. That product is Bona Hard Floor Cleaner. Because it’s oil-free, it allows for a safe drying period, whereas other products often leave floors either sticky or slippery. Miller uses it on hardwood floors after mopping for a shiny-but-safe finish.

What’s in your cleaning caddy? Do you use any of these things?